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Teachers can access the content for the Next Generation program through the Scholastic website at www.scholastic.com/nextgeneration, which includes quizzes, lesson plans and videos focused on the value of personal financial responsibility, as well as information about how different kinds of insurance are part of personal financial planning. Through these resources, students will learn how to recognize and manage financial risks and gain skills that can serve them when they're confronted with important financial decisions in the future. The materials provided through Next Generation are free for teachers and students and meet national math and life skills high school standards.
This year, the program will offer new features including:
- New lesson plans – Next Generation provides educators with a series of lesson plans and worksheets for each of the program's five themes: risk, life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance and financial planning. Each lesson plan includes objectives, educator resources, student worksheets, and an assessment method. In addition, Next Generation has a series of videos to complement the lessons and reinforce key messages.
- Enhanced teacher's guide – An educator's guide that includes tips for implementing the lessons and answers to student worksheets.
- Student section - Designed for students, this section of the site includes quizzes, glossaries, family activities and video.
"Today, millions of Americans are underinsured and financially overextended. This is why it's important that financial literacy programs are incorporated into our schools and education curriculums so that the younger generation will have a better understanding about the decisions that can impact their financial futures," said
"A core part of our mission is to help teachers explain the contemporary world to students," says
Since its launch in 1997, LIFE's Next Generation high school financial literacy program has reached more than 26 million students, 63,000 teachers, and 39,000 schools nationwide.